Marshall softball swept by nationally-ranked FAU

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Marshall University softball was swept 3-0 by No. 24 Florida Atlantic University over the weekend in a series in Boca Raton, Florida in which the Herd was outscored a combined 22-1.

The Herd (22-23, 6-9) have now lost 11 of its last 14 games, and in its latest string of losses, the first two games of the series were cut short due to the run rule with Marshall dropping the first game, 9-1, in six innings and the second game, 8-0, in five innings.

The nationally-ranked Owls showcased the pedigree of its pitching staff and overall defensive fielding as the Herd managed just eight hits over the course of the three games.

In the first game of the series Saturday, the Herd fell behind quickly with FAU scoring three runs in the bottom half of the first inning off Marshall starting pitcher Jordan Dixon. FAU’s hitting forced Dixon’s removal from the game in the sixth inning when it scored five runs on six hits to extend the lead to 8-1.

In the second game, starting pitcher Brittanie Fowler last just 0.2 innings after giving up four hits and five earned runs in the bottom of the first. The margin would prove too much for a Herd team that couldn’t touch FAU’s pitching. The Herd managed to collect just three hits over the course of the game’s five innings.

The Herd was blanked in the third game of the series as well with Marshall’s hitters going a combined two for 23 at the plate for the game’s entirety as FAU’s Kylee Hanson threw a gem on the mound, going the full seven innings while recording seven strikeouts to earn her 19th win of the season.

Dixon was given her second loss of the series for the Herd after allowing eights and four earned runs to go with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched.

Marshall will look to get back on the winning track 1 p.m. Saturday when it returns to Dot Hicks Field in Huntington for a meeting with Middle Tennessee State University.

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